Sources from Bloomberg are saying that Google is ready to give Android users more control over what data applications are allowed to access.
The Android operating system with give users more accessibility in that they have choices over what applications are allowed to access, people familiar with the matter said. A move to giving users more privacy controls would be excellent. After all, what game really needs access to your phone calls? And what texting app really needs access to your photos? It’s a big privacy concern for many Android users.
Earlier this year Google revealed some conceptual drawings and a video for a new headquarters it hoped to build in Mountain View. The concepts came out when Google filed documents with the Mountain View City Council. The tech behemoth has run into a snag though as a council vote awarded the bulk of the development space to LinkedIn instead of Google. The portion of the 2.2 million square foot space that is left for Google to use would leave space for just one of the four buildings the company had planned to eventually construct. Read more
Nexus 9 owners have had a rough time of it, besides being seemingly ignored when it came to the Android 5.1 update, they were also trolled when Google pushed out a measly 23MB update the other day. Now it seems, at long last, that Nexus 9 owners can bask in the goodness that is Android 5.1 Lollipop. Read more
At the GamesBeat Summit in California this week, Google’s Jamil Moledina spent some time talking about how the content available in Google’s Play Store may change by the year 2020. The changes will come about as Google examines historical data from the Play Store as part of their neverending quest for the next “blue ocean” for market expansion. Read more
Google Maps has been a step ahead of the competition when it comes to offering navigation and precise details about a particular location. A week ago we saw Google offering Street View imagery of the Loch Ness river marking the anniversary of the first alleged sighting of the monster.
Google I/O 2015 is shaping up to be pretty exciting, and the latest news from the conference only adds to that. Google will apparently be showing off a new Voice Access service that will allow developers to easily add ways for users to control their apps completely hands-free. Google has been pushing for voice activated stuff ever since the Google/Motorola collaboration that turned out to be the 2013 Moto X, and we’ve seen voice control make its way into other Google apps since then. Read more
When Google announced Project Fi, there were some concerns over its compatibility with Google Voice. It was clarified that if you ported your GV number over to Fi, you’d keep all of your texts, call logs, and other Voice settings, but you were going to lose tons of functionality that many users were probably familiar with, especially when it came to Google Talk and Google Voice apps. Read more
Improvement in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology is one of Google’s lesser-known projects, at least to lay consumers. In reality, many of us have been using OCR for years without knowing what it actually is.
OCR is the technology that enables Google to digitize text captured in image format and make it legibile from the computer’s perspective. So if you’ve ever uploaded a scanned PDF or other image file to Drive, then asked Drive to “Open with – Google Docs,” Google employs OCR, opening a new version of the document that displays the original image and then the extracted text.
As the mobile industry grows, so does Google, it seems. The search giant announced that users are now searching more on mobile than desktops in ten countries. The company mentioned that the US and Japan were on the list, but refuses to reveal the other eight.
Smartphones are certainly a major part of this statistic, but tablet searches are included as well. Adapting to this new change, Google will be rolling out a new smartphone-friendly ad format that will be richer and more engaging than the traditional mouse clicks of AdWords.
The schedule for Google I/O 2015 is now up and available to view. As you might be familiar with from past events, Google will be kicking off the two-day event with a two-hour keynote, followed by a day filled with exciting breakout sessions!
On the website, you’ll be able to create your own custom Google I/O 2015 schedule (e.g. such as breakouts you plan on attending), and get notifications on devices you sign-in with. There’s a lot of exciting sessions to cover, so be sure to fit in as much as you can!